Spring Cleaning Fire Safety Tips
With the arrival of spring comes blue skies, blooming flowers and spring cleaning. This is the perfect time for a refresher on fire safety tips that should be followed year-round. Keeping fire safety in mind when doing things around the house will help prevent fires. First and foremost, check your smoke alarms. It’s a task that can easily go forgotten for months, but how convenient that you should change your battery once a year and spring cleaning comes around once a year. Put it on your list of chores for the big clean to ensure that it happens every 12 months. According to the NFPA, a functioning smoke alarm in your home cuts your risk of dying in a house fire by 50 percent. The leading cause of dryer fires is the failure to clean them. Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Also, be sure to clean the lint that may have collected around the drum and the dryer vent. Keep the are around your dryer clear of things that can burn like boxes, cleaning supplies, and clothing. Check your electrical cords to make sure that they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. If you are in need of extension cords, have a qualified electrician to install additional receptacle outlets. Clean your garage of stored newspapers or other rubbish that can fuel a fire. Properly store household chemicals in an approved container and never mix cleaning agents. Check and clean filters above stove. Pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.